Ongoing vote on Arbitrum token staking is leaning toward majority approval from DAO

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  • The Arbitrum DAO is conducting an initial vote on a proposal that aims to enable ARB token staking, offering a yield financed by the DAO’s treasury over a 12-month period.

The Arbitrum DAO is in the midst of an initial vote on a proposal that aims to ARB + holders to lock in their tokens in return for a yield paid out in tokens. The decision, now subject to a temperature check vote, is scheduled to conclude on November 6.

Initially introduced by PlutusDAO in September, the proposal recommends the DAO to use Arbitrum treasury funds to fund the staking yield and distribute it to stakers through a smart contract over 12 months.

The initial governance proposal being voted on presents multiple options for users to decide on the use of the 3.5 billion ARB tokens ($3.4 billion) in treasury funds — or to reject the proposal altogether. It outlines a tiered token allocation system, suggesting that between 1% (100 million tokens), 1.5% (150 million) and 1.75% (175 million tokens) of the total 10 billion ARB supply be earmarked from the DAO’s treasury for staking rewards. At the time of writing, the majority of voters are in favor on enabling staking for which they want allocate 1% (100 million tokens).

The proposed staking model also includes penalties for early withdrawal to encourage stakeholders to maintain their investments, thereby aligning the commitment of token holders with the ecosystem’s long-term objectives.


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After this temperature check voting period, the DAO is set to consider a subsequent AIP proposal that will focus on the specifics of the staking implementation and will need approval. Furthermore, a final community nod on the Tally, an on-chain DAO management platform, would be required to finally grant stakers a token yield from the treasury. This yield will be distinct from other mechanisms where tokens are staked to secure the network or to distribute revenue.

The article has been updated to specify that a subsequent vote, following the above initial one, will be held to approve the implementation of staking.

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Vishal Chawla is The Block’s crypto ecosystems editor and has spent over six years covering tech protocols, cybersecurity, artificial intelligence and cloud computing. Vishal likes to delve deep into blockchain intricacies to ensure readers are well-informed about the continuously evolving crypto landscape. He is also a staunch advocate for rigorous security practices in the space. Before joining The Block, Vishal held positions at IDG ComputerWorld, CIO, and Crypto Briefing. He can be reached on Twitter at @vishal4c and via email at [email protected]


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